“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week”
Mark 16:9 (KJV)
Having been a minister of the Gospel for some 45 years you would think that I must have lost my youthful foolish ideas. I suppose for the most part I have. However, I do confess that the occasional crazy thought still comes to mind. One that I thing about from time to time is that I would love to rename one day of the week.
There is absolutely no way it can be done and I have no illusions that it ever will happen. It sounds like a harmless wish except that I really believe it could do a lot of good. The day that I would like to change the name of is Sunday.
Why would I like to change that day’s name? Well because I think that most Christians do not have a clue why they worship on Sunday except that it is the tradition and is a convenient day because they have it off from work.
My contention is that if we called Sunday “Resurrection Day” instead, we would be brought back to the most important reality of the Christian faith. You see people shuffle into church on Sunday and many never have a serious thought about the primary fact of our faith. Jesus is alive! He walked out of the tomb! We serve a risen Saviour!
Some nice music, a sermon that intrigues us but does not offend, a prayer or two and even the reading of a Scripture passage and it is done for another week. But wait a minute, Jesus is alive. He conquered our worst enemy. Death died in the death of Jesus for all of God’s people.
The most remarkable event in all of history took place just outside of Jerusalem. Jesus died and was raised the third day as prophesied in the Bible. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that is operative in the lives of His followers.
Paul writing to the Ephesian Christians tells them that the power God used to raise Christ from the dead is what is working in the lives of God’s people (Ephesians 1:18-20). That is a power beyond anything this world knows about.
Doctors will never run funeral homes out of business. We cannot raise people from the dead but our Creator can and did. Someday in the future He will raise all from the grave. If you are struggling to cope with difficulties in life you need to come to the God who made you and ask Him for the help you so much need in your life.
Jesus in Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV). This beautiful invitation is offered indiscriminately. Anyone who will may come to Jesus and find the rest, the peace of heart, and most importantly, the strength to live in difficult situations.
Jesus is a living Saviour, come to Him and pour out your heart today. He waits to receive your prayer. He listens to the faintest cry and will not turn you away. Come and come now.